How To Make Green Cleaning Products?

Eco Friendly Products Made from Kitchen Ingredients

Go into any store and you will be faced with a bewildering array of household cleaning products. You will find ones to clean the sink, floor, toilet, oven, glass, carpets – the list is endless……

While these products may be effective, many contain harmful, toxic chemicals that are bad for your health and the environment.

In addition, most people throw away numerous plastic containers after use. This adds to the growing problems of our ever-burdened landfill sites and contributes to global warming. (Not to mention the traces of toxic products left in the containers that leach out into the groundwater.)

The conventional cleaning products we use have only been around a relatively short period of time. Prior to the second World War, simple household products such as bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), vinegar and lemons were used. These are effective, safe and natural cleaning agents.

This article will show you how to make your own selection of green cleaning products using simple ingredients. Many of these will tackle several different jobs, so you will free up some valuable storage space in your cupboards, too!

Step 1

YOU WILL NEED

  • White distilled vinegar
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • Olive oil or jojoba oil
  • Lavender, lemon and tea tree pure essential oils
  • Fresh lemons (optional)
  • 4 spray bottles
  • 2 large glass jars
  • 1 squeezy bottle
  • Labels and waterproof pens

Don’t worry about sourcing the bottles and jars. You’ll find it easier than you think to reuse old packaging if you take a good look around your home.

Your deodorant or body spray might be in a pump dispenser bottle; you may find glass jars with the last dregs of hand cream or facial cleaner in them and look at your shower gel and shampoo for squeezy bottles.

Ask friends and family to keep old packaging for you, or ask on your local Freecycle group.

Step 2

Glass cleaner

 

In a spray bottle, mix one part white vinegar with one part water. Label the bottle, ‘Glass cleaner.’

Use this product to shine mirrors and windows. Spray it onto a cloth to clean grubby fingerprints off light switches and door handles. Spray around the toilet rim to freshen. Or use to spray on surfaces after cleaning to remove any product residues.

If you have particularly greasy areas to clean, then add a teaspoon of washing-up liquid to the mix and gently shake.

Step 3

Toilet cleaner

In a large jar, mix 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup white vinegar. This is a great mix for the kids to get involved with as it will fizz and rise up inside the jar. (Best to hold it over a sink or the toilet when you mix them in case it comes over the top!) Label this container, ‘Toilet cleaner.’

Pour into the toilet while it is still fizzing, leave for 10 minutes and then scrub with a brush or gently rub with a natural pumice stone to remove limescale.

Step 4

All-purpose cleaner

In a squeezy bottle, mix 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/8 cup bicarbonate of soda. Add 1 litre water. Label this bottle, ‘All purpose cleaner.

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